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Re: [xml-dev] What's wrong with namespaces? Some observations and suggestions

Hi Norman,

On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 2:46 AM, Norman Gray <norman@astro.gla.ac.uk> wrote:
> Dmitre, hello.
> On 2010 Dec 5, at 17:55, Dimitre Novatchev wrote:
>>> Problem: given <:org.w3c.html.html>, is the proper match
>>> </:org.w3c.html.html>, or </html>, or either?
>> Either, which means that everybody will use the latter for convenience.
>> Why is this so? Because in a well-formed XML document there is only
>> one possible closing tag at any moment (we cannot have two or more
>> same-level tags open at the same position).
> If one accepts that reasoning (and I do), then you could abbreviate this still further, and accept </> as a generic closing tag.

Yes. However than we lose the visual reminder what this is closing.
Except for cases of very near start tag and vertically well-formatted
markup inside it, this will be unreadable and confusing.

> Echoing the start-tag in the closing tag makes things easier for dumber parsers, and can occasionally provide a useful sanity check.  But only occasionally: most of the time it's just (to me) annoying visual clutter. [pet gripe]
I rarely mind, because it is the IDE that generates the
</veryLooongNaaameee> whenever I enter the ">" of the
<veryLooongNaaameee> . I never type the end tag myself.

Dimitre Novatchev
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